Princeton University’s Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy (https://behavioralpolicy.princeton.edu) is an interdisciplinary center that leverages the combined strengths of faculty and scholars across a range of disciplines-psychology, sociology, economics, machine learning, politics, among others-to help design behaviorally informed policies, practices, and products.
The Center is pleased to accept applications to the Sugarman Practitioner in Residence position with an expected start date in Fall 2023. Successful applicants will be appointed to an initial term of 12 months at a salary of $9,000 per month plus benefits, with the option to be extended based on satisfactory performance and continued program funding. The ideal Sugarman Resident will be pursuing a breakthrough solution to a society-relevant problem whose success depends on understanding certain aspects of human behavior, and which could benefit from the support, guidance, and mentorship of members of Princeton’s academic community. Practitioners in Residence may range from young entrepreneurs, app developers, leaders of NGOs, and policy wonks, to activists, climate scientists, leaders of social, cultural, or health-related movements, architects, designers, urban planners, and so on. During the appointed term, the Sugarman Resident will be affiliated with Princeton University, but with no formal teaching responsibilities.
Applicants need not be U.S. citizens and need not have held an academic appointment or have an advanced degree. Successful candidates who will have received a doctoral degree by the time of the start of the appointment will be appointed at the rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate; candidates without the doctoral degree will be appointed at the rank of Professional Specialist. Please note: If the candidate is taking a leave from their current employer to pursue this opportunity, they must apply through the posting for the appointment at the rank of Visiting Professional Specialist/Visiting Research Scholar. The number of candidates hired at each rank will depend on the qualifications of the overall applicant pools.
Intellectual property that the Practitioner-in-Residence creates or develops during the appointment is subject to Princeton’s policies. As such, in the event that any invention or other licensable intellectual property is made or developed over the course of the project, Princeton’s Office of Technology Licensing will work with the Resident on a case-by-case basis to develop the terms.
A project statement should hypothesize how the gap between the current state of affairs and an improved future could be solved by addressing some aspect of human motivation, judgment, decision, perception, etc.-whether individual or collective. It should also include an outline of the steps that the applicant envisions to work through during the residency, the anticipated outcome if successful, and the types of local experts whose insights may prove fruitful. We are not looking for research proposals; projects should be designed to yield a product, app, campaign, or other constructive intervention. Completion of the project is not necessary during the residency, though the hope is that much forward progress will be realized through interaction with the Princeton community.
How to apply
Applicants must apply online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/29481, Please submit your proposed project statement (described above, not to exceed 5 pages), a current resume or curriculum vitae outlining past projects undertaken, and a cover letter describing how this position fits with your background and future aims. If you have questions about this position or the application process, contact Dr. Leslie Rowley, Associate Director of the Kahneman-Treisman Center, at [email protected]. All offers and appointments are subject to review and approval by the Dean of the Faculty and subject to the University’s background check policy.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.